Rehab the Right Way
Doylestown Health Dialogue
Lois Bell isn’t letting a few surgeries slow her down. In fact, this busy senior is getting back to her active routine thanks to the care she received at Doylestown Health’s Pine Run Health Center. Rehabilitation specialists helped Lois regain the physical strength and confidence she needed to remain independent.
“I’m glad I went there,” says Lois, 77. “I was very happy with the care I received.”
Lois’ third and most recent stay at the Health Center spanned two weeks following back surgery last spring, which also marked the completion of an extensive renovation project to the nearly 40-year-old building. The renovations and upgrades to the Health Center include more private rooms with updated bathrooms, improved dining options, enhanced natural lighting, new soothing colors and new furnishings throughout the building.
“They did a phenomenal job with the renovations,” says Lois. “The place is beautiful.”
Pine Run Health Center is part of the Pine Run Retirement Community, located on Ferry Road near the border of Doylestown and New Britain townships. The Health Center and Retirement Community are part of Doylestown Health.
The Health Center features a 90-bed skilled nursing unit providing long-term care as well as transitional care to help independent seniors return to their homes. A newly expanded short-term rehabilitation gym is a focal point of the renovations.
Lois’ daughter, Ronna Bell, RN, is a case manager in Doylestown Health’s Richard A. Reif Heart Institute. She enjoys a close relationship with her mother, but staying home to help her recuperate from back surgery was not an option.
“It’s hard to take care of your loved ones when you work full time. While my mother was at Pine Run I knew she was fine,” said Ronna, who visited Lois every day. “They took good care of her. She really likes the staff there and she loves the physical therapy department.”
Lois also enjoyed making friends at Pine Run. She ate dinner in the new bistro-style dining room on her floor, sitting with the same group of women each night. “Dinner was the highlight of her day,” noted Ronna. “She didn’t feel lonely.”
“I looked forward to each meal,” said Lois. “I liked the way they have the dining room set up. It made for a very social atmosphere.”
Lois continues to be active socially with her friends and neighbors. She chairs several committees in her Warrington community. As head of the travel committee she plans day trips like jaunts to New York City. She takes regular walks with friends and is part of a book club.
“My mother is back to her old self,” said Ronna. “We couldn’t have done it without Pine Run.”
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